Open thread Oct. 27, 2010 Dan Crawford | October 27, 2010 10:08 pm Comments (15) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
The Onion reports on an endangered bird species…endangered because of it’s extremely poor people skills.
Nice to see ya, there, rdan, all bright eyed and bushy tailed! Mr. Cedric, same to you. I talked to a friend of mine who manages a small SSA office in CA yesterday. The lower bend point and the fact that it will make retirees’ benefit smaller for those attaining age 62 in 2011 than for previous retirees has escaped much public comment. People don’t understand it, says my friend, and that’s just as well because he hasn’t got enough people to explain it to them anyhow.
Hey, Cedric, ummm about that video clip. It’s early, man, you know? You gotta save the good stuff for later in the afternoon after I’ve had an opportunity to meet up with my pal Stella and chill out. Later. NancyO
Oh, one more thing. Here’s a link http://econospeak.blogspot.com/ to Econospeak yesterday. It contains two articles about SS benefit reductions in response to the Catfood Commission’s cabals. FYI. NancyO
Ok everyone – Time for Predictions for Tuesdays results. Mine
Senate: Maintain Dem control 52-48 (Reid survives in a squeker)
House: Goes Rep – 245 -190, Dems lose around 65 seats. (Pelosi survives also but does not become minority leader)
Governors (Important since this is a redistricting year): R’s pick up 7 Governors for a total of 31 R Govs vs 19 Dems. Key states of TX, OH, PA, and FL all go/stay in R category. As do MI and WI. Brown wins handily in CA.
I also bet the cries of voter fraud/intimidation will be very heavy.
Come on everyone – place you bets!!!
Islam will change
That’s the Obama Catfood Commision. Never forget its the Dems doing this to you!
Islam will change
Buff darling. I forget not, neither do I forgive. Unlike many Democrats, I did not think Obama would be a new FDR. FDR had as they say a first class character and a second class mind. This President is a good man, but is too smart to take any chances. Thus, the merits of having a second class mind. Or so I comfort myself, being in that category myself.
I have followed Florida just down the road rather carefully. I think the Governorship will switch to Democrat. Alex Sink is very popular. And, Rick Scott is a) unusually ugly and b) also unusually felonious for a Republican candidate. Crisp may eek out a victory because only hard core Dems will vote for Meek (not particularly dynamic, and not absolutely honest.)
Also, I think the House may remain narrowly Dem. About Pelosi, I don’t know. I suspect she’d stay as Speaker. I wouldn’t mess with Miss Nancy, were I there. That’s it. You have more experience about this stuff. So, I can’t argue with the rest of your predictions. NancyO
My guess: Senate 48R 50 2I
House: 248R 187D
Suprises: Hoyer loses MD 5th
Any idea if/when to go long/short on the S&P 500/NYSE?
I don’t do political polls.
ilsm will not change
Glad I am a party of one!
Only Nixon could go to China.
Don’t forget unintended consequences and what happens with that butterfly creating turbulence in Honduras…..
ilsm will not change
I’ve come to the conclusion it’s impossible to tell when, but that doesn’t change the fact that you have to do one or the other.
MCCONNELL PUTS BUSH’S LEAD PRIVATIZER ON SOCIAL SECURITY BOARD – HuffPost Hill’s six eyebrows lifted up a bit when Tim Geithner swore in Charles Blahous and Robert Reischauer as Public Trustees for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds on Tuesday. Blahous is a former staffer to Alan “Social Security Is A Milk Cow With 310 Million Tits!” Simpson, was Bush’s point man in his attempt to privatize Social Security and is now at the far-right Hudson Institute. Treasury officials say that one of the two slots is required to be filled by a Republican and that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tapped Blahous, an assertion McConnell guy Don Stewart confirms. The administration could have rejected the suggestion, but, said an official, it was considered a Senate matter, so it went along. Both nominees were approved as part of a pile of papers pushed through at the end of the Senate session. Blahous is a startling selection for a party that claims no longer to have any interest in privatizing Social Security. No link. I get a HuffPo email newsletter. NancyO
what exactly did they swear to do?
by the way
“privatizing” is not the issue. never was. privatizing was just one way of destroying social security that looked like it would sell. the issue is, always has been, destroying social security. the enemies will be glad to just cut benefits enough so that SS cannot act as an effective retirement insurance program. the privatizing will take care of itself as people have to turn elsewhere to try to fund their retirements.
but even that’s not the point. the point is that if workers do not have a secure retirement they won’t be so uppity. if you think unemployment is high now, wait until there are fifty million old people desperate for a job.